Last week, I did my first 5K for the Laura’s 5 By The 5th Virtual Race Series.
My intention for the this series is to try to improve my 5K time each month. I did my “race” on the treadmill last Thursday. It was -2 degrees outside when I woke up. No thanks! I’ll run inside today!
I did a one mile warm up at an easy pace, cleared the time, then kicked it up to race pace (8:27). I’m not really sure what my 5k race pace is since I’ve never done one. I know, I’m odd. I prefer the longer distances ’cause I like to get my money’s worth.
As the distance moved along, I was feeling way too comfortable so I kicked up the speed some more to 8:13. Eventually, I settled on a 7:54 pace till the last half mile. I wanted to finish under 25 minutes so I increased to 7:36. Finishing time: 24:25. I snapped a picture as proof:
Notice anything odd about the picture? It wasn’t till the next day that I realized – a 5k is 3.1 miles not 3.2! Haha! Opps! Then I thought, Dang! My time was better than I thought it was. Proof that the 5k distance is not my thing or my brain wasn’t fully functioning at 5 a.m.
I will also be using this series to help achieve 13 races in 2013. I’m still in the process of mapping out my races for the year. I’ve got a few in mind that I just love doing. There are even some trail races that sound kind of enticing. Although it seems I need to get on that ASAP since they close out pretty quickly.
Weekend Group Run
Over the weekend, I had a chance to run with my local running group. I haven’t been able to join the group in months but it finally worked out on Saturday. Four of us got together beforehand and ran an easy 5 miles before meeting up with everyone else. It was a great crowd of eager runners! We ran the familiar New Castle loop that is one of my favorites. Sunshine, balmy conditions (30+ degrees!), and great conversation – It was a perfect winter day for taking in the ocean sites while running the Seacoast of New Hampshire.
I’m hoping to run with the group a lot more in the coming months. While I enjoy some runs by myself, I find that running with stronger/faster people gives me a motivational push to get a little bit more out of my comfort zone. I need to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Plus, I just love talking about races and running in general!
Back to the daily grind. Haha, The Grind! Does anyone else remember that show on MTV with Eric Nies? I watched it all the time!
What’s your favorite race distance?
Do you prefer running with others or by yourself?